Employment of Tacair in Central Europe: Problems and Possible Solutions
AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Discussion of the Warsaw Pact threat to the employment of combat aircraft in offensive missions leads to identification of critical areas in the combat efficiency of air power. The vulnerability of air bases and aircraft, and target acquisition are shown as the areas which primarily affect the efficiency of combat aircraft. Current and future approaches to overcome the deficiencies are discussed. Electronic warfare and the suppression of enemy air defenses are seen as means for enhancing the effectiveness of air power as well as alternative options such as RPVs and missiles in supporting functions. The employment of air power is seen as indispensable for Central Europe in the initial phase of an armed conflict as well as in support of the FOFA concept. In the foreseeable future, no effective alternatives to the employment of TACAIR in Central Europe are expected.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics